The Blackstone is assembled, now I need to remove the residue from the persnickety sticker they put onto it, and then give it a proper seasoning. Perhaps this weekend, or next week, I will make my first meal using it? I may have to make another trip to CHaRM to responsibly dispose of all of the styrofoam packed inside its shipping box.
I forgot to mention that I encountered a small snake yesterday while weeding more tall grass. Fortunately it was afraid of me and slithered away.
No bike riding last night. The severe storm (1.25″ of rain made WLF plants happier, except for the ones that toppled in the wind) was reason enough not to ride. It was also a SLUT night so some of the weekly riders were planning to do that. The last SLUT I ran in April 2022 ended at Dain’s house, and then I laid the next one but didn’t participate in the on-in festivities because of “reasons”. You will not be surprised to read that I am not camping at the “Bring Your Own Boat” campout again this year for those same “reasons”.
Yesterday was IPA Day and like an idiot I opened an English Pale Ale to drink. D’Oh! I rectified this gaff by opening an IPA after drinking the pale ale.
Now that I have hit the two-year mark without collecting a salary it’s high time for me to do something I don’t like to do — create and follow a budget. For some reason my spending continues to be through the roof. Sure, I have that nagging $800/month health insurance payment, about $300/month (on average) for utilities, and $300/month for car and home insurance, but the rest, well that’s discretionary spending. Occasionally there is a fly in the ointment such as expensive car maintenance/repair, or property tax payment, but it seems as if my bills are too high every month. And I have neither a car payment nor mortgage! Ironically, I said all that knowing that I have a boondoggle planned next week, if the weather permits, that will cost me as much as $500.
I solved today’s Wordle in three attempts; my starter today was TRUCE.
My Decluttering Week
Saturday: book (reference)
Sunday: fairing for the roof rack I used to have on the Jackmobile
Monday: book (reference)
Tuesday: book (novel)
Wednesday: decorative wine bottle
Thursday: old hashing sneakers [trash]
Friday: old, worn out sneakers x2 [trash]